Redskins Game Rewind: The Streak Has Ended
Say good-bye to the streak.
After 413 days of futility at home, the Philadelphia Eagles opened up a big lead early, then held off a Redskins rally and had their most convincing win ahead of both their bye week and the final stretch of the season where they play three-of-the-final-five games at home.
Simply put, the Eagles got a much needed win, taking sole possession of the top spot in the NFC East and basically ending any hopes for the playoffs the Redskins had in the process.
At 6-5 they're still going to need solid run if they're hoping for a playoff bid, but their 24-16 win over the Washington Redskins was a major step in the right direction. How'd they get that key victory? Here are some reactions from the Eagles' most recent effort.
Foles Solid Again
- Nick Foles completed 17-of-26 passes for 298 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions and added nine rushes for 47 yards and scored a touchdown on a zone-read from four yards out. in Sunday's Week 11 win over the Redskins, but it was another quality performance and a much needed one after starting his career 0-6 at home. The second-year quarterback was hitting on the intermediate throws that plagued him against the Cowboys in his last game at the Linc, finding his targets on a variety of routes with well-placed passes.
Cole proving his worth
- Ladies and gentlemen, the real Trent Cole is back. He's been showing glimpses throughout the season since changing positions from defensive end to linebacker. Cole had maybe his best overall day this season. Two sacks and three tackles for losses are some of the biggest reasons the Eagles defense dominated the game for much of the game. won so soundly. He's been a somewhat of a disappointment this year, he had a breakout game with two sacks Sunday.
Receivers, Tight Ends Helping Out
- Hats off to the receiving core that stepped up. While no Eagles receiver had a breakout game, DeSean Jackson caught four passes for 82 yards, Riley Cooper caught three passes for 37 yards, Brent Celek caught one pass for a 42-yards, Zach Ertz caught two passes for 31 yards and add in McCoy, who caught four passes for 73 yards. The Eagles receiving core made the impact he's been longing to have, by spreading the ball all-over the field, keeping the Redskins secondary guessing.
Donnie Jones lowers the boom!
- Punter Donnie Jones doesn't get his name mentioned much but his 70-yard punt with with 3:30 left in the game was a huge game-changer. The booming punt left the Redskins starting their final possession of the game back on their own four-yard line. 18 plays later, Brandon Boykin intercepted a Robert Griffin III pass to seal the Eagles victory.
Eagles' MVP: RB LeSean McCoy- LeSean McCoy rushed 20 times for 77 yards with two touchdowns and caught four passes for 73 yards in Sunday's 24-16 Week 11 win over the Redskins. Through 11 games, McCoy has racked up 1,009 rushing yards and 399 receiving yards.
Up Next: OFF. Enjoy the bye week, everyone!
- The Eagles desperately needed this win not only to keep themselves alive in the playoff race, but to also gain sole possession of first place in the NFC east entering their bye week, which comes at a good time. Foles looked good, the skill players stepped up, the defense was dominant for three quarters and made the key play when it mattered most. It will be up to Chip Kelly to keep the Eagles from resting on their laurels and not get complacent against Arizona when they return from their bye in Week 13. Overall, Sunday was the game Kelly and his team had to be waiting for, get that home losing streak behind them and use the home field advantage they will have for three of the final five games this season. The Eagles can use the bye week to get back Mychal Kendricks, Brandon Boykin and Earl Wolff on defense. Plus, any lingering bumps and bruises that Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy and company might have